Arkansas Lieutenant Governor candidate and current State Senator Jason Rapert (R-Conway) released the following statement Friday, after the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation Friday that would allow abortion on-demand “without limitations or requirements,” nullifying pro-life legislation passed into law in Arkansas:
“I am deeply offended that Nancy Pelosi, at the behest of Joe Biden, has passed—with the bare minimum needed—a bill that would put into federal statute a crime against humanity that has resulted in over 60 million unborn children killed. Furthermore, the Biden-Pelosi plan for killing babies is an affront to the people of Arkansas who have elected pro-life representatives both federally and at the state level from both parties with the expectation that the most vulnerable among us would have the opportunity to live and grow in our state. I vow to do all I can in the Arkansas General Assembly to ensure that it continues to stand up against Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Nancy Pelosi to ensure that our state remains the number one pro-life state in that nation.”
On Friday, the House of Representatives passed the measure 218-211.
In 2013, Rapert authored the country’s first Heartbeat Act prohibiting an abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected and led the override of a governor’s veto to pass it into law. There are now 14 states that have passed similar heartbeat legislation, the most recent being Texas earlier in 2021.
Rapert additionally authored Act 180 of 2019, the Human Life Protection Act, that would ban abortion in Arkansas except to save the life of the mother should Roe v. Wade be overturned. He also authored Act 309 of 2021 that would ban abortion in the State of Arkansas except to save the life of the mother.
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